“Mostly Straight”: A New Sexual Orientation Group

Ritch Savin-Williams, PhD, Zhana Vrangalova, PhD #cconmost CatalystCon East - March 16, 2014

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  1. The largest sexual minority group is not gays, lesbians, or bisexuals. It’s the “mostly straights” – those with a slight degree of same-sex interests who are not exclusively straight, but not same-sex oriented ‘enough’ to consider themselves or to be considered by others as bisexual. Mostly straights are typically ignored and lumped together with either heterosexuals or bisexuals in research, clinical practice, and education. However, recent research shows that mostly straights form a unique sexual orientation group that is distinct from both exclusive heterosexuals and more substantial bisexuals in their sexual orientation profile as well as a number of different personality characteristics, life experiences, attitudes toward sexuality, and health outcomes and behaviors. In this session, Zhana Vrangalova and Ritch Savin-Williams, two leading scholars in the area of mostly heterosexuality, will summarize the research on mostly straights and discuss ways in which this new knowledge influences how we talk and think about sexual orientation in research, theory, practice, and our daily lives.
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